"Unlock the Speed"
On October 29, 2018, OnePlus announced their successor to the OnePlus 6, the OnePlus 6T. This upgrade was minor to the OnePlus 6, but brought a lot of cool new features that people have asked for on a smartphone. First things first, OnePlus is known for selling their phones online and unlocked, ready for someone to put a SIM card in their phone for major phone companies including AT&T and T-Mobile. This year for the first time ever, OnePlus is bring the 6T to T-Mobile for people to purchase. This is a huge advantage for OnePlus since they are known for great quality phones in a cheap and affordable price. OnePlus can do some heavy damage to companies like Apple and Samsung in the US for selling their phones. Who knows, OnePlus may soon be the biggest phone company in the US since phone sales have been dropping for Apple and Samsung.
First upgrade to the OnePlus 6T was a bigger display with a smaller notch. A lot of people for some reason complain about notches on smartphones. This all started when Apple introduced the iPhone X with an edge to edge screen. Since the phone was released, companies like LG and Google have taken to the notch on their smartphones. Yes, you can say Google Pixel 3XL’s notch is bad and you may be right, but the notch holds a purpose. That purpose is to get to an all edge to edge screen with no bezels. OnePlus did it right though with the OnePlus 6T. The smaller teardrop notch only holds the camera and a few sensors, other than that you have all screen. The only other part of the phone that isn’t covered with screen is a tiny little chin which holds the screen cables underneath the display. If you are wondering where the earpiece is, it’s a tiny little line at the top of the phone. But, the main and probably most exciting feature of the display is an in-display fingerprint sensor underneath the glass. Phone companies have all ready done that, but OnePlus is the first to bring it to the US. This in-display fingerprint sensor is faster and better than ever.
The second upgrade is a bigger battery. We need more “ALL” day battery life on our phones since we use them constantly and OnePlus has upgraded the OnePlus 6’s 3300 mAh battery to a whopping 3700 mAh battery for the 6T. It’s not a big battery compared to phones like BlackBerry’s KEY line up or Huawei’s Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, but it is a bigger battery by 400 mAh from the OnePlus 6. Even with this battery, you can expect to still have a good amount of battery when you go to bed, not to worry. You are probably wondering though, “If you have a bigger battery, is the phone thicker or bigger?” And your answer to that question is, yes. The OnePlus 6T is a little bit bigger than the 6 and a little bit thicker as well. It’s not that big of a notice if you had the OnePlus 6 before.
Lastly, as I mentioned early in this post, OnePlus is brining the 6T to US markets with T-Mobile. This is a huge upgrade to any OnePlus phone, because it means more people to buy the phones. If you talk to anyone who’s big into tech, their will say one of the best phones to buy is a OnePlus device. When OnePlus first launched their phones, it was called, “The Flagship Killer.” That’s a true statement because it had all the bells and whistles of a flagship smartphone then and it follows that true statement today with the OnePlus 6T. Luckily for me, I have T-Mobile as my service and was able to get my hands on one very easily. Just a side note, since this is a T-Mobile phone, you can still unlock it, but will have the T-Mobile logo when you boot the device on and have two preloaded apps.
With all that being said, here’s my final opinions on the OnePlus 6T. I love the phone. The 6T was my first ever OnePlus device and it brings just about everything I could ask for in a smartphone. I have tested many different phones this year including, the Samsung Galaxy S9+ and Motorola Z3 Play, but the 6T hands down has to be my favorite this year. With the Snapdragon 845 and 8GB of ram, the phone feels lightning fast while using any app and of course playing games. OnePlus also offers a near-stock experience Android with a few added features that are very useful. The new gesture based navigation that OnePlus added, makes the device feel even faster to get what you need done. The only problem I have with the phone is that since it’s from T-Mobile, it doesn’t get software updates that the unlocked version does the day it comes out. T-Mobile just has to add a few stuff to make sure it’s ok for their network. Before I end this post, I would like to thank OnePlus for having me at their event and for “Unlocking the Speed.”